Graptophyllum pictum

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Graptophyllum pictum
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Graptophyllum pictum (artist:M. Hart)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Graptophyllum
G. pictum
Binomial name
Graptophyllum pictum

Justicia picta L.

Graptophyllum pictum, the caricature-plant, is a shrub in the family Acanthaceae. It is native to New Guinea, also a well-known garden shrub. There are two varieties: the variegated color one is known as 'white adulsa', and is used combined with coconut water to reduce swelling. The dark-leaved variety is known with trade name 'black adulsa' in India.

Leaf morphology[edit]

The shape of the leaf is aristate. The margin of the leaf is undulate. The venation of the leaf is reticulate in the variegated form.

A group of plants of this species in the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados


 This article incorporates text from Pharmacographica indica, a publication from now in the public domain in the United States.